Young footballers set to shine

  • All-Star appearance: PHC’s Keishon Bean will be taking part in today’s festivities at the National Sports Centre (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

    All-Star appearance: PHC’s Keishon Bean will be taking part in today’s festivities at the National Sports Centre (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

The 2018 Bermuda School Sports Federation All-Star weekend will conclude today at the National Sports Centre with the all-star football matches. The day gets under way at 11am, with the Primary School Girls match, and ends with the Senior School Boys match at 6.45pm.

The West will go into the Primary School girls game as favourites, as they will feature players from the knockout champions Warwick Academy and runners up Saltus Grammar School. But the East will mount a challenge and will feature players representing six-a-side champions Harrington Sound Primary.

The West will again be favourites to win the primary school boys match, as they will be represented by the cup winners Warwick Academy, led by recent KPMG Front Street Mile winner, Nayan Grant. Also representing the West will be six-a-side champions Saltus Grammar School.

The Elliot Primary contingent, who finished second in the six-a-side tournament and knockout cup will lead the charge for the East.

The West will be favoured to lift the title in the middle school girls match, with goalscoring phenomenon Eleanor Richmond, from Warwick, leading the charge.

Richmond has scored at will all season and capped off her year with a four-goal performance in the knockout cup final.

Bermuda Under-17 midfielder Emily Cabral, from TN Tatem, will captain the West team and will be joined by fellow under-17 players Zemira Webb, from Warwick, and Che’Chulae Dowling, from TN Tatem.

The East will rely on the Bermuda High School striking duo of Katelyn Medeiros and T’aja Williams. Only Warwick prevented BHS from winning silverware as they finished second in the league, knockout and six-a-side tournament.

Whitney Institute enjoyed an undefeated league campaign in the middle school boys division, while also winning the six-a-side tournament. They will be represented with seven players including attacking threats Deniche’ Hill, Kahzi Sealey and Dante’ Scraders, while relying on Lazai Outerbridge to shore up the defence.

Owen Botelho, from Mount Saint Agnes, and Hunter Outerbridge, from Somersfield Academy, will be players to watch out for the East.

Whitney’s lone loss came against Saltus Grammar School in the knockout cup final. They lead the West team with five players, including attacker Noah Simmons Botelho and defensive anchor Cody Robinson. The West will also feature recent Front Street Mile winner Sancho Smith from TN Tatem and midfield marshall Eijaz Shakir and attacking threats Kynde’ Mallory and Keyni Mills from league runners-up Sandys Secondary Middle School.

The senior school girls and boys matches will see a different format. Teams were selected to create two equal teams and players from the same schools will see each other as opponents and not team-mates. The girls match will feature many Bermuda Under-17 players and a few under-20 players. The red team will be led by under-20 midfielder Teyah Lindo, from CedarBridge Academy, and will rely on Berkeley’s Adia Gibbons in the attacking third.

Saltus goalkeeper Emily Illston and defenders Tia Burrows and Koa Goodchild will be hard at work to contain an explosive attacking line from the blue team, led by Berkeley pair Jya Ratteray Smith and Ryley Simmons along with under-20 winger Jade Stewart, from CedarBridge Academy. The midfield will be marshalled by Trinea Edwards from CedarBridge while Bermuda Under-17 captain Danni Watson, from Saltus, will lead the defence.

The senior boys game will feature regular premier and first division players. PHC goalkeeper Quinaceo Hunt will return to the stadium where he recently earned his first international cap to lead the blue team. The blue team will also feature Devonshire Cougars duo Sherwin Jones, from Saltus and Damion Simmons, and PHC regulars Jalun Hassell, Jaheim Iris and Jenico Sealey, from CedarBridge Academy. Dandy Town goalkeeper Jaden Manders will back-up schoolmate Hunt in goal for the blue team.

The red team feature Robin Hood pair Zuhri Burgess, from Impact Mentoring Academy, and Neil Figureido, from Saltus. They also feature a few of the bright young stars of the First Division with Berkeley’s D’Andre Wainwright, from Somerset Eagles, and Mical Hartman, of BAA. Devonshire Colts will also be well represented with CedarBridge Academy’s Jahkeylo Burgess and the Saltus contingent of Matteo Isaac, Ashan Hart and Brandon O’Connor. PHC Zebras frontman Keishon Bean from CedarBridge Academy will also be counted on to lead the attack for the red team.

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Published Jan 20, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 10:44 pm)

Young footballers set to shine

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